Starting my Hugo reading

I've been having a mini-vacation over the past week, which has given me the perfect excuse to start my Hugo Award reading for the year! The Hugo Awards are great, because anyone can get a membership and vote for them. They also suck, because the voting system can be easily gamed, leading to incredibly excessive drama over the past couple of years.

My summary of the drama last year:

And a quick blog post of the drama this year.

But whatever. Despite all that, I'm hyped to read pretty much every novel on the nomination list. I'm reading so much YA most of the year that I don't get around to many books that aren't YA. Hugo Award season is my chance to catch up!

So. I just finished reading Uprooted by Naomi Novak, which had the double honor of being a book I've wanted to read for ages and for being the most easily borrowed from my library. Full thoughts will be going up on FeministFiction when I come back from vacation next week, but for now, I'll say that I really, really liked it. It's an original fairy-tale-esque fantasy, and it's so creepy and compelling and wonderful. I'm not sure I liked it quite as much as other people seemed to, but I'm glad I read it!

Next for me is probably The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, which I know very little about, except that it's supposed to be good. It looks like a fantasy end-of-the-world type novel, about a woman crossing to the ends of the earth to rescue her daughter.

Then there's Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. It looks like more of a ~conceptual~ novel than the others, which could be good, could be bad. Last time I encountered Neal Stephenson, it was his cyberpunk Snow Crash, when I was in college. I was supposed to read it for a class on science fiction and colonialism. I only got through maybe three chapters of it. I was super stressed and busy with my thesis, so it might not be the book's fault that I ditched it and faked my way through the discussion class. Then again, it might be. We'll see.

Next, Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie. This is the final book in her trilogy about gender and colonialism and identity and all those things my college sci-fi class would have loved, and I'm excited to read it. I looooved the other two books, and find the protagonist fascinating. But still, haven't read this one, because it's not available in my library, and seriously, that's how far behind in my non-YA reading I am. So. Soon!

And finally, there's The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher, which seems like the one I'm least likely to enjoy, based entirely on the cover, which is very Dude Goes On An Adventure. Buuuut I've been told that I probably will like it when I pick it up, so I'm intrigued about what it's going to be like.

Then on top of that, there's all the novellas and short stories and categories like that... those are far more affected by all the weird drama this year, and I had a very bad experience reading the drama-voted short stories last year, BUT there's some Brandon Sanderson and some other intriguing looking things hidden there, so... we'll see.

Now if you'll excuse me, my cat is trying to steal my frappuccino, and I think I'm going to have to fight her for it. Later, guys!